Things to see and do in Ambleside

Waterhead, Ambleside from above

Drink in the awesome views on lofty peaks, relax and reflect as you stroll along lakeshore paths or go on a mini-beast hunt in our woodlands. There’s something to suit everyone, all you really need is a sense of adventure... and a pair of sturdy boots.


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Escape to the garden

Just a short walk from Ambleside you’ll find Stagshaw Garden, an informal woodland garden which in the spring and summer bursts into life with an absolute blaze of colour and wonderful scents. 

Weird and wonderful woodland

Venture into the weird and wonderful world of Skelghyll Woods. This ancient woodland is home to many impressive and interesting trees including the tallest in Cumbria. Come and explore this enchanting habitat teeming with wildlife and mini-beasts and enjoy the views from Jenkyn’s Crag.

Bridge House

Come and visit this tiny house, built on a bridge over a beck in bustling Ambleside. This quaint little building was once home to a family of eight. Come and see if you can figure out how they all fit in.

Walk in Roman footsteps

Built on the shores of Lake Windermere when Cumbria was a land of mountainous warfare, Ambleside Roman Fort once housed a cohort of 500 fierce infantrymen charged with protecting a mountaintop road connecting Ambleside and Penrith.

Lunch with a view

If you fancy an outdoor feast in lofty surroundings then Post Knott is where you should head. A great little walk from Bowness it's well worth the uphill effort, offering magnificent 360-degree views of Lake Windermere and the fells beyond.

The eastern shore of lake Windermere has several easily accessible parks which are perfect for a picnic and a paddle on a warm day. Jenkyn's Field is a short walk from the pier at Waterhead and further down the lake in Bowness are Millerground and Cockshott Point. 

Take to the waters

Whether you fancy a kayak, canoe or a good old-fashioned rowing boat, there are plenty of ways to enjoy lake Windermere. And with 18 islands to explore, you're sure to find something new each time you take to the water.